Birds Play Baseball

Saturday March 17th 2018

Happy St Patrick’s Day

The warming trend continued today. The day began a few degrees warmer than yesterday and ended with a similar increase in temperature. The high for the day was around seventy five degrees with barely a cloud in the sky.

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Batting practice before the game at Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota FL.

My spring training baseball watching marathon continued. Today was a game in Sarasota between the Toronto Blue Jays and the Baltimore Orioles. For St. Patrick’s Day the Orioles wore green hats in place of their regular orange or navy hats. They also painted a shamrock behind home plate.

There was a good amount of action in the game. Most innings had runners on base to keep things interesting. The most unusual play was a balk by one of the Orioles pitchers. Without instant replay, I can’t tell you what happened. All I know is that the runners on first and second advanced after the home plate umpire called the balk. I continue to see lots of interesting baseball play. The Blue Jays won the game 5 to 2.

The theme for the day in the stands was sunscreen. Without any clouds in the sky and limited cover from the stadium, direct sunlight poured in. I had plenty of sunscreen on and I’m somewhat hardened to the sun having been living in short sleeve shirts and short pants for several weeks. Some of the Toronto Blue Jay fans fresh from the frozen north were passing the sunscreen around like a cherished elixir. Sunscreen sales at the stadium seemed to be brisk. Last March, in Arizona, they had free sunscreen dispensers at the spring training games. Florida parks and teams should look for a sunscreen sponsor.

Tomorrow is another spring training game. This one will have the New York Mets traveling across Florida to play the Orioles in Sarasota.

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